Friday, February 23, 2007

We're In It Together, We Can Make It Better. Don't Sweat A Thing With No Vendetta. I Rhyme In A Graph Style, Carve Every Letter.

Toronto based rapper k-os is a tricky artist to pin down. You can't really put him into a category because he spans so many different styles. Hip hop, rock, reggae, blues, and even a little ska. As a Canadian living in the US of A, it's refreshing to hear "hip hop" that doesn't revolve solely around bitches, hoes, money, and blow. Y'know what I mean? Careening through a potpurri of rhythm and hues, k-os (knowledge of self) successfully navigates his way through Atlantis: Hymns For Disco like a man on a mission. At times spotty but by no means wasteful, k-os might have benefited from some outside prodution help on this album. Cramming multiple styles into one song may fare better for someone like, say, Wyclef Jean or DJ Shadow, and A:HFD at times comes across as scattered. However, don't let that deter you: we've definetely got a winner on our hands. For your listening (dis)pleasure:

k-os: Electrik Heatwill-The Sekwill

k-os: Equalizer

k-os: Cat Diesel

k-os: Black Ice (Hymn 4 Disco)


k-os: Bed's Too Big (Police cover)


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